The transition to adulthood can be especially challenging for young people with learning disabilities and complex needs, and for their families. This can lead to unsuitable placements, social isolation, well-being concerns, and the use of residential care or other costly out-of-area placements.
We can support young people aged 14+ and their families to have well-planned and person-centred transitions to adulthood. This includes young people with learning disabilities and/or autism and other complex needs.
Affinity Trust supports over 1,000 people with learning disabilities across England and Scotland, helping them live as independently as possible. We’ve been supporting people with learning disabilities for more than 25 years.
Paul Taylor, our Head of Children’s Services Development, has extensive experience of developing and delivering a wide range of children’s services. Before joining us, Paul spent 32 years in the children and young people’s sector, and was a registered manager with both Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission.
Outcomes of transition support for young people
Our aim is for young people with learning disabilities and complex needs to achieve successful transitions to adulthood. Specific outcomes are that young people:
are at the centre of planning and well-prepared for the change process
make informed choices about their transitions
acquire independent living skills
live with or near their families
are connected to their local communities
are engaged in good-quality education, employment or training
have good physical and mental health during and after the transition.
Outcome-focused transition plans will be developed with the young person and their families. We view co-production of service design as an essential part of delivering high-quality support.
Experienced Key Workers will support young people, both one-to-one and in small groups, helping develop independence and life skills in line with their unique needs and to complement their Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.
This will include independent travel skills, health and wellbeing, personal safety, employment and training options, cooking and shopping, money management, friendships, social skills and connecting with and being part of their community.
Key Workers will support young people to set goals and regularly monitor their progress. Support can be time-limited or ongoing throughout the transition period.
We will place young people at the centre of decision making and seek to bridge the gaps that can exist between agencies by working in partnership.
To discuss our support for young people, please contact Paul Taylor:
Mobile: 07341 478 228